• Albums of the Year 2010

    14 Dec 2010, 22:50 by amodelofcontrol

    A good year for music, so here's twenty albums I think were great this year. As per the best tracks list last week, not everything I might have included made it into the list, but I have to stop somewhere. So here goes:

    Zola Jesus
    Stridulum II
    I dunno what's got me interested in any music notionally "goth" again - perhaps it's my return to London - but this year has uncovered a couple of gems, one of which is Zola Jesus, who it appears that true to form I caught onto a little late. It's utterly exquisite, blissed out music that uniquely amongst most remotely mainstream music that acquires the tag, perhaps actually is something resembling goth. It's also not a million miles away from Fever Ray in it's cold, aloof feel, but without the deliberate wierdness and erasing of most human touches. Instead it is kinda warm, and unexpectedly accessible.

    Android Lust
    The Human Animal
    I was never a huge fan of previous AL releases - but perhaps it was just that I was looking for the wrong things out of the music. …
  • Tuesday Ten: Tracks of the month (July)

    3 Aug 2010, 17:54 by amodelofcontrol

    My usual monthly round-up of new stuff I think you should hear.

    Track of the Month:

    Eden Prison
    My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

    You know, I never, ever thought I'd hear new material from Swans ever again. So I have to admit that I'm beside myself with joy at it actually happening, and even happier that it is everything I could have hoped for. Eden Prison is a grindingly heavy, pitch dark, anguished howl that only Michael Gira could write - and you can hear it here. The only downside is that the album has been delayed a little, into early October, so I have even longer to wait. Gah! Although this writeup and interview with Gira gives us an insight into the album, and it certainly sounds like it could be brilliant. I live in hope, and more than a little trepidation, despite the quality of this - I guess it's my usual nervousness over my favourite bands reforming...

    The Other Nine: